How do you approach bluffing and when do you decide to make a big bluff?
Bluffing relies on opponent profile and how much hands
we have played against it. The second factor is our range and the board. We like to bluff in situations where we still have some equity
, to preflop from turn. And on the river in situations we missed our draws.
When we open 7s6sfrom CO we are bluffing, because we can get called from tons of winning hands. Following this example, we get called from the BB and the flop comes Ad2dQc, BB checks to us, are we bluffing?
2) flop comes: As2sQc, are we bluffing? Or 3) Ad5hJs, are we bluffing? For 2 and 3, yes, we are bluffing DEPENDING on our opponent profile: versus weak tight passives, i.e, high percentage of fold to c-bet flop, we are betting versus fit & fold players, ABC players, etc.
I’m using the following strategy to pick up sizing for bluffs OTF: as higher the equity less my sizing, 1/5, 1/4 pot and lesser the equity bigger the sizing, 2/3, 1/2, even a bit more.
As others have said: avoid bluffing too much against donkeys and fishes (micro stakes) for they wouldn’t fold quite often.
However, some players just want to see flops and there’s a low percentage of folding to bluff. Try not to be fancy, bluff 90% on the flop and 60% of times on the turn. And try not to bluff using overbets, choose small sizing for when they have to fold, they will fold to any given sizing.